The spectrum: Classic to playfulClassic If your tastes run toward the classic side of this style spectrum, you appreciate a sense of history and crave spaces with some gravitas. Classic spaces are serious, elegant and well-thought-out. You appreciate planning, symmetry and tradition and feel inspired by classic garden designs and architecture.See how classic meets contemporary in this Hyderabad home
RusticNatural and woodsy, those who favour rustic style find inspiration in the outdoors, simple pleasures and the company of cherished friends. If you sit at the rustic end of this style spectrum, you’re probably drawn to raw, unfinished materials and handcrafted items. This style can be expressed in many ways, from the rough-hewn charm of mountain cabins to a more wabi-sabi, Zen-inspired aesthetic.
The spectrum: Urban to rusticUrbanSophisticated and cultured, city lovers want to be in the heart of the action and don’t mind making do with a smaller space if it means being able to walk to a favourite restaurant or museum. If you’re drawn to the urban end of this style spectrum, you may value the arts as well as innovations in design and technology.
RelaxedLaid-back, chilled-out, easygoing – if you lean toward the relaxed end of this style spectrum, you probably like the idea of a “barefoot home.” Low-key and casual, the relaxed home is a place where you want your friends to get that mi casa es su casa feeling. Your version of relaxed style might be ’70s bohemian, breezy beach house or easygoing traditional – no matter which direction you take it, relaxed is all about ease.
MaximalAbundant, dramatic, bold, over-the-top, multilayered and artistic – maximalists think that more is more! The maximal space shown here is also playful and modern, but that’s not the only way – your version of maximalism might be stately and traditional, with floor-to-ceiling books, a salon-style art wall, leather chesterfield sofa and layered Oriental rugs.Here’s all you need to know about maximalism
The spectrum: Minimal to maximalMinimal True minimalists are enamoured (maybe even a tad obsessed?) with simplicity. Focused on the essentials and always editing, those who fall toward this end of the spectrum can’t stand excess and waste. Keeping things clean and clear allows the elegance of beautiful design to come through, and it helps keep the mind clear so creativity can flourish.
The spectrum: Neutral to colourfulNeutralPeople who love neutrals are drawn to warm, rich, earthy tones, natural materials and varied textures. Far from being boring, a well-designed neutral scheme can be sophisticated when layered with a range of tones, from parchment and cream to “greige,” mocha and espresso.
Planting roomI really like the idea of having an in-house room to store plant supplies, cutting shears and pots. It’s very practical to have a large sink for washing garden fruit and vegetables or making bouquets with flowers from the yard.Take a look at these 5 plants best suited for Indian homes
Private barHow about a closet or room where you can serve up drinks like the pros? Ideally a bar would have a small sink and refrigerator or ice maker. Close off the space with doors that make it disappear when not in use.
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14. Make it easy to get the laundry to the laundry roomLaundry chutes are low tech but require careful planning to locate them well. Bathrooms or halls near bedrooms are both great spots, making it easy for everyone in the family to send dirty clothes straight to the laundry room.
12. Choose furniture with storageWhile built-in storage is wonderful, don’t forget to consider storage when choosing your furnishings. Storage ottomans give you a quick spot for stashing magazines, toys or throw blankets.
11. Plan your storage carefullyMake use of every nook and cranny. I could do several ideabooks just on the topic of storage alone. But these two basic guidelines will help you plan storage that helps you clean up in a hurry.Put storage near the place where the items to be stored are actually used: This window seat storage is handy for holding extra lap blankets for the sofa. If this is a family room, games or toys might go in here. This would be much closer than a hall closet halfway across the house.Locate your most often used storage where it is easy to reach: Although cabinets or closets that run all the way to the ceiling do make use of space, if you have to drag a step stool out to put things away, it will slow you down. Save those high cabinets for items rarely used. Check out these 20 ingenious storage tricks
9. Send in the slipcoversThey’re another good choice for easy-clean upholstery if you make sure they are machine washable. If you’re having custom slipcovers made, be sure to select machine-washable fabric and to have it washed before they are sewn.
7. Consider upholstery choices beyond leatherThese gorgeous and sophisticated dining chairs use faux leather (yes, that is an upscale way of saying vinyl) on their seats. Vinyl upholstery has come a long way from the very plastic-looking white or black we are all used to. Good-quality designer brands have options that really, really look like leather. And if the leather look isn’t for you, they have textures that imitate fabric very convincingly.8. Don’t forget fabric Choose contract-grade fabrics that have been treated to be stain repellant. I’m having some custom-designed dining chairs made and have selected a luscious textured velvet that is treated with a stain repellent. Water runs right off of it so well that it is almost hard to get it wet. And I’ve chosen a deep garnet colour, so it doesn’t show every little smudge. Good-quality fabrics are worth their extra cost.
6. Choose upholstery fabrics that are durable, stain resistant and easy to cleanLeather upholstery is a favourite for people with children because it is easy to wipe off. I would stay away from white or ivory leather if you’re choosing it for ease of cleaning, because things like red wine and yellow mustard can stain the leather. A better choice would be charcoal grey, black, taupe, brandy or chocolate colours.Wondering which upholstery fabric is right for you?
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